On Wednesday, 26 February, MyNeighbourhood team wanders in Aalborg to capture the spirit of the Danish pilot.
Eleven stakeholders have been interviewed and filmed in the vibrant streets of the Nørresundby neighbourhood, where citizens with disabilities and volunteers testing the Aalborg ‘Voluntary Help’ service shared their rich experiences.
The team invaded with their lenses the cozy home of an inhabitant with cognitive disability and his wife, an informal caregiver, who were enthusiastic to describe how the ‘Voluntary help’ service change their lives around typical Danish cakes.
Later, the Aalborg crew move on to one of the municipal daily centre for disabled and conducted interviews. Two occupational therapist students, engaged in MyNeighbourhood as volunteers, proudly described their experiences and how the project gave them an opportunity to make something good to citizens in need. Studenterhuset’s manager, a local cafe and concert venue, explained to the camera his will to make his business more disabled friendly thanks to the two services concepts, ‘Cultural Assistance’ and ‘Accessible City’, developed by the Aalborg Pilot.
At the end of this journey in Aalborg, various representatives from Aalborg Municipality such as the Handicap Department and the chairman of ‘Hjernesagen’, Bruno Christensen – reported how these service initiatives can benefit disabled in Aalborg. In addition, Jens Martin Hansen, leader of the professional center for people with disabilities explained how initiatives such as My Neighbourhood project can engage citizens in local communities to help people with disabilities and fostering social innovation.
Bruno Christensen expressed his wishes that thanks to MyNeighbourhood, Hjernesagen will provide better support to their members together with Aalborg Municipality and Aalborg University:
Daniel VAN LERBERGHE
“Hjernesagen members have a wide range of needs. Some have cognitive impairments, some have aphasia, and some have physical disabilities. It is very important they receive good support, both for themselves and their relatives, and we hope that this becomes reality through the project MyNeighbourhood”.